Updated 06/25/2012 07:06 PM
Morning storm causes damage in Dutchess County
A severe storm rolled through Dutchess County Monday morning, causing quite a bit of damage to parts of the Town of Dover. YNN’s Alexandra Weishaupt has the details.
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DOVER, N.Y. -- "We had a thunderstorm roll through. It was high winds," said David Ruud of NYSEG.
A summer pop-up storm created quite a mess on Old Route 22 and East Duncan Hill Road.
"There were trees covering quite a bit of road. Lots of downed wires. Some of the wires were actually still burning in the roadway," said resident Donna Banks.
Banks just moved into her house over the weekend and says Mother Nature gave her quite the unpleasant welcome.
"I was told by the fire department that it was more or less as close to a tornado as you could get without actually having a tornado," said Banks.
Banks’ new home didn’t suffer any damage, but her neighbor can’t say the same for his car. His Honda Accord felt the brunt of the storm, lying covered in tree branches and brush as crews blocked off roads and got to work
"The fire department was here. NYSEG was here. Highway was here. All right away," said Banks.
According to NYSEG, around 300 homes lost power in the storm.
And as utility crews worked to restore it, the emergency response coordinator for Dutchess County leaves locals with a friendly reminder.
"We urge everyone not to go sightseeing, although it may be interesting to look at the damage, you could interfere with the rescue and the response of the professionals that are out there," said Dana Smith, Emergency Response Coordinator at Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response.
And Smith says when dealing with downed trees and wires, it’s important for residents stay informed, be prepared and have a plan as it's not uncommon for storms like this to roll through in the coming months.
"It was a summer pop up thunderstorm and it comes in quick and leaves just as quick," said Smith.